Catholic Church Tells Philippines Bishop to Reject Pro-Abortion Donations

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 13, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 13
, 2008

Manilla, Philippines ( — A leading pro-life Catholic Church official has told a top bishop in the Philippines to reject donations to the church that come from companies or groups that also support abortion. Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, said accepting such donations would be "morally evil."

Trujillo said accepting financial gifts from pro-abortion companies or groups would compromise the Christian message of the Church and its pro-life stance.

The condemnation applied to companies that promote birth control as well.

The Vatican official sent the letter to Antipolo Bishop Gabriel Reyes, a Filipino Catholic leader, according to a Manilla Standard news report.

“Accepting such funding creates confusion among the faithful, as they give the impression that abortion, and the production, distribution, and use of contraceptives and abortifacients are acceptable practices,” the cardinal said.

Trujillo added that Catholic parishioners who are taught to reject support from immoral pro-abortion groups or corporations would appreciate the Church more and be more likely to donate to it.

He said "they will be extremely generous in supporting truly laudable projects with their prayers and contributions in terms of time, effort and resources.”

“God’s providence is never lacking for those who keep His teachings," he added, according to the newspaper.

“In this regard, there is no need at all to receive funding from questionable sources, an action that besides will go directly against efforts toward truly Christian formation,” the Vatican official concluded.